Fitness: Movin’ & Shakin’ -- FreeMotion, Augie Nieto, BH Fitness, Colorado Home Fitness, Spinning & more

Get a pulse on the latest fitness industry developments, including hirings at Freemotion, an update on Augie Nieto, retail store openings and closings, and much more.

While some companies have been cutting back, FreeMotion Fitness has been hiring: Recently, it has gained Kevin Farley as its new vertical market sales manager, Dan Djoeandy as its new Asia Pacific sales manager, and Louis Argenzio as an eastern territory manager. All three came from Star Trac. In addition, Jeff Hoff, from Technogym, is now a sales rep for the vertical sales market at FreeMotion, and David Monk, from Sport Wall, is a Midwest territory manager….

Augie Nieto isn’t letting Lou Gehrig’s disease slow him down any more than it has to. Five years after his diagnosis with the disease, more formally known as ALS, the Orange County (California) Register newspaper ran a story recently called, “Augie just wrote a book with his toes,” talking about his newest book, “Reciprocity Incorporated.” Click here to get a look at the story. Also, you can still listen to a two-part podcast interview SNEWS® did with Nieto in 2006 by clicking here for Part 1 and by clicking here for Part 2...

Scott Arrington, formerly of BH Fitness, left in early June to join Med-Fit, which acquired the commercial assets of Nautilus earlier this year (Click here to read that SNEWS story.)... James Bond Fitness in Austin Texas (, which we covered in an April 28, 2010, story, is fully open.... Colorado Home Fitness (, opened a year ago in Englewood, Colo., by Chip Hunnings is looking for additional locations. Hunnings reported the first year was a good one and he hopes to find a second spot by the fall….All About Fitness in Kansas has liquidated and been closed after 12 years there….

Spinning was planned to befront-row-center at the first leg of the 2010 Tour de France in Rotterdam, Mad Dogg CEO John Baudhuin told SNEWS, but last-minute planning didn’t carry it along. Despite loads of excitement about 50 bikes at the start/finish line of the Day 1 time trial, it had to be cancelled, reported its website, Per the website, “To our great regret we must inform you that we have canceled the ‘Spinning Le Tour de France’ event for this year. From the moment we started, we have tried our very best to get many Spinning facilities to participate as well as riders for the Live stage in Rotterdam. Unfortunately our efforts were not enough to get sufficient registrations for the event to succeed in this. Timings were just too short.”

--Therese Iknoian

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